UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Hepatitis C Exposure at UPMC Presbyterian
A hepatitis C lawsuit can be filed by someone who undergoes a medical procedure, and as a result of negligence, is infected with the Hepatitis C virus. While the hepatitis C virus brings signs and symptoms recognizable by a healthcare professional, it does not produce symptoms immediately. Since Hepatitis C is a virus it can remain dormant outside of the body until it enters a human being. When hepatitis C enters the body it affects the blood and liver and can ultimately lead to chronic liver disease.
Medical Negligence Attorneys and Hepatitis C
Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as the result of negligence. The attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman P.C. are committed to representing individuals infected with the hepatitis C virus as a result of negligence by hospitals and the staffing firms they employ. In many instances, hospitals and healthcare providers fail in their due diligence obligation to screen and monitor their employees and detect illicit behavior.
Healthcare Temp Agencies – Maxim Staffing Solutions and Medical Solutions, LLC
As a cost-cutting measure hospitals often use staffing firms to provide employees such as technicians and temporary staff. The problem with using staffing firms is that far too often the hospitals fail in their due diligence to conduct a thorough review of each temporary employee’s work history, including a rigorous background check. Also, staffing firms themselves often fail to communicate the proper background information of employees to prospective hospitals. It is imperative that hospitals apply the same degree of scrutiny in hiring temps as they would their own directly hired employees.
UPMC Failed to report Kwiatkowski’s Drug Abuse in 2008
Both UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and Maxim Staffing Solutions (the healthcare staffing agency that placed Kwiatkowski at UPMC) failed to report the illicit behavior of Mr. Kwiatkowski to law enforcement or any government agency. UPMC and Maxim Staffing Solutions’ joint failure to report Kwiatkowski’s behavior enabled him to continue working at hospitals all over the country, putting thousands of patients at risk for hepatitis C.
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Contacting Patients about Potential Hepatitis C Exposure
At the direction of hospital officials, UPMC Presbyterian is contacting patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis C from actions taken by taken by Mr. Kwiatkowski while he was employed by the hospital in 2008. In addition, UPMC has also established a call center for people to call if they are concerned about potential exposure to hepatitis C in this case. The phone number is: 412-390-3340.
Free Hepatitis C Case Evaluation
If you or a family member has Hepatitis C and you believe you may have contracted it because of the negligent actions of the hospitals or staffing agencies listed above, please call our office 800-777-4081 or contact us for a free evaluation of your case. The dedicated medical malpractice attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman, PC are here to fight for you.